Friday, November 4, 2011

Green Friday.


Everyone's favorite part of the week, the day we realize it has to be done or face the world with spaghetti sauce on our shirt (which i've done before).

Doing our laundry requires a huge amount of energy. But there are ways we can still get clean clothes while also giving our environment a break.

Green Friday Tip #3

Wash in warm/cold, avoid hot/hot
Only start a wash when you have a full load
Hang your laundry to dry

Here are 3 very easy ways we can all improve our energy usage.

According to this website, "If all the households in the U.S. switched from hot-hot cycle to warm-cold cycle, we could save the energy comparable to 100,000 barrels of oil a day."

That is a lot of oil, lots and lots of oil.

And, realistically, does hot water really make our clothes (especially whites) that much cleaner.  No- at least not in my own personal experience.

So why are we still washing our clothes in HOT water?

My second tip recommends washing only when you have a full load.  You are all smart enough to figure out why this is important, but i'll tell you why anyway... washing a small load, on large load settings, throws away resources that could have been used.  Simple as that.

Last suggestion is to hang laundry to dry.

I have done this for a long time, but recently i've gotten lazy and reverted back to my lazy ways of throwing it all in the dryer.  Although I get my clothes back clean and dry in 45 minutes, I am shortening their life and costing myself extra money.

Why not dry clothes for free using renewable energy sources such as wind and sunlight?

Brilliant, I know.

And just in case you were wondering, i'll take any of the following laundry rooms, especially the last one.
All photos found via Pinterest.

I think I would have fun doing laundry in this room.  

Do you have any energy saving laundry tips?
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